Sierra Wireless ExpressCards Offer 3G Mobile Broadband

Sierra Wireless (SWIR) has introduced the AirCard 501 and the AirCard 502 ExpressCard modems for HSPA mobile broadband networks, providing Internet and intranet access for mobile professionals.

The AirCard 501 and AirCard 502 ExpressCards offer top download speeds of up to 7.2mbps and upload speeds of up to 5.76mbps, allowing the sending and retrieving of large presentations, e-mail attachments, and data-rich information like graphics or video.

With a durable internal antenna design that includes no moving parts and extends only three centimeters from the ExpressCard slot, the AirCard 501 and AirCard 502 can be safely stored in the computer. The Sierra Wireless TRU-Install software installation utility steps the user through installation of drivers and software the first time the card is inserted into the slot.

The AirCard 501 supports the 850, 1900 and 2100MHz HSPA frequency bands that are commonly used on HSPA networks worldwide, while the AirCard 502 supports the 900, 1900 and 2100MHz frequency bands and will be targeted toward specific markets requiring 900MHz band support. Both modems are backward compatible with UMTS, EDGE and GSM networks around the world, providing users with the flexibility to roam.

Commercial shipments of the AirCard 501 ExpressCard are scheduled for later this month. Availability of the AirCard 502 ExpressCard is planned for the first quarter of 2009.

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